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The mandrill is a primate living in the humid tropical rainforests of West Africa. Male mandrills have characteristic and highly unusual coloration. Their faces and other parts of their bodies become even more colourful during fights for dominance or while defending their group from enemies. When a male threatens its rival or a predator, it opens its mouth widely and flashes its powerful (6,5 cm long) canine teeth. The mandrills give birth to young every year – proof that these monkeys do very well in captivity. 

  • Latin name: Mandrillus sphinx
  • IUCN Red List – VU – Vulnerable
  • CITES – Appendix I
  • ESB – species or subspecies for which regional, European studbook exists.

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